15 Ni Vanuatu who have been selected to participate in the Vanuatu Age Care Labour Mobility Training Pilot project


15 Ni-Vanuatu have been selected to participate in the Vanuatu Age Care Labour Mobility Training Pilot project.

These 15 Ni- Vanuatu will live, work, and study in Australia for four years, under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) program, from which they will receive Australian Qualification Certificate III in Individual Support Aging.

These students had received their two weeks training certificate yesterday at Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) after successfully completing a two weeks training that certified them capable of working in an Age Care industry.

The two weeks training was conducted at APTC by three staffs of the Saint Agnes Parish, with the assistance of APTC staffs, Australian Catholic University (ACU) in-country program coordinator, Mrs. Jane Laycock, and some trainers from the Department of Labour (DoL).

“The criteria to be selected as part of this initial training, was very strict to ensure that health professionals will not leave the country. Meaning, non-qualified health practitioners were selected for this training opportunity with the future plan that after they have completed their studies, and worked in Australia, they will then bring back these skills back into the country’s health and community sector,” said the DoL Employment Service Unit (ESU) Manager, Mrs. Leisei Jimmy.

The employer, Saint Agnes, had selected these 15 Ni-Vanuatu, from more than 30 participants who had participated in the two weeks training that included first aid, and entry into the care sector.

“This Age Care Pilot project is a partnership between the Department of Labour in Vanuatu, APTC, and Saint Agnes Catholique Parish who is the employer in Australia,” said DoL ESU Manager Jimmy.

“The Department of Labour facilitates and oversees the PALM scheme, and will support the mobilisation and preparation process for these students selected by Saint Agnes Catholique parish to participate in this work- training opportunity.”

In her speech at the graduation yesterday at APTC, Mrs. Jimmy stated that this partnership addresses the Age Care labour gap in Australia while also developing health care skills for Vanuatu.

She also explained that there are a variety of industries under this PALM program that the Department of Labour has been sending Ni- Vanuatu to work in.

“These include horticulture and agriculture, meat industry, tourism and hospitality, and Age Care is the new industry that we have just incorporated into the program,” said Mrs. Jimmy.

Therefore, the 15 trainees who graduated yesterday will be the first ever cohort to be sent to work in this industry in Australia. They will depart Vanuatu on the 1st of August.

Saint Agnes is a nursing home in Australia who is also an approved employer similar to others that have been employing seasonal workers in Australia, the only difference is that it is under the Age Care industry.

Saint Agnes Catholique Parish, has its own Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and is therefore qualified to deliver the course training, Certificate III Individual Support, as explained by Mrs. Jimmy.

She also relayed that the DoL is negotiating with an approved employer in Australia to send the age care graduates who had return from Fiji last week after completing their six months training in Fiji.

On behalf of the DoL, Mrs Jimmy congratulated the trainees, and thanked APTC for co-facilitating with Saint Agnes Parish and provided the venue for the initial two weeks training.

She extended her gratitude to the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in-country program coordinator, Mrs. Laycock, and trainers from the DoL who had assisted in conducting the training.